The University Record, January 21, 1997

Griffiths nominated to National Commission on Libraries
and Information Technology by President Clinton

President Clinton has nominated Jose-Marie Griffiths, executive director and chief information officer of the University of Michigan's Information Technology Division, to the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS).

The nomination now goes to the U.S. Senate for confirmation.

"I am honored to have been nominated to play an active role in NCLIS activities which include advising the President and Congress on policies and plans for library and information services, at both the national and international levels," Griffiths says. "The Commission deals with several issues of interest to me, including electronic government information dissemination, digital libraries, universal access to information and telecommunications services, intellectual property and human resources development for the digital arena.

"All of these and other issues are of interest to the U-M. As policies, protocols and standards for information services evolve, the University will be involved in the discussion." NCLIS, established in 1970, is a permanent, independent agency of the federal government composed of 16 members serving five-year terms.

NCLIS Chair Jeanne Hurley Simon says, "We are extremely fortunate to have the President name to NCLIS a professional of Dr. Griffiths' reputation and accomplishments. Her expertise and experience in information science will strengthen all our deliberations."

Before joining the U-M, Griffiths served as acting vice chancellor for information infrastructure at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1994-96. She served as the director of the Center for Information Studies at the University of Knoxville in 1990-95. She was president of the American Society for Information Science in 1993.

Griffiths received a B.S. degree in physics in 1973 and a Ph.D. in information science in 1977 from University College of London University.